Weaker than Water

"In the world, there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong, nothing can surpass it." –Lao Tzu

Gardening for Love


Because roots in
our yard converge
and trees grow
tall as steeples,
leaves from last
year meet beneath
our April shrubs,
talking too loudly
when I scoop
them, drop them
into plastic bags.

Ivy introduces itself
to sticks as
I gather groups
of murmuring stones,
ask the questions
dandelions won’t answer,
wonder who’s leading
this strange assembly.

But I also
bleed from thorn
cuts and scratches,
from this bi-yearly
yard work, weeding.
I wonder, what
it is like
to mulch together?

Sweating on branches,
I lick my
unused lips. Disheartened
teeth to fingertips,
I bite with
my mouth dry,
clean the earth
from my nails.

Gardening for love
is a myth.


copyright May, 2014
Katherine M. Gotthardt


Author: All Things Writing, LLC

Katherine Gotthardt is CEO of All Things Writing, LLC, a full-service content development and content marketing company. A published writer and seasoned educator, Katherine leads a team of professionals on a mission to make clients shine online and in print.

3 thoughts on “Gardening for Love

  1. Love the unexpectedness of this poem. Gardening may be a pleasure but it’s also an effort.

  2. So glad you liked the poem, and thanks for stopping by my poetry blog, SD!

  3. Dandelions. Ivy. Quite the battleground, Katherine. Thanks for sharing–I enjoyed it.

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